When I was a sophomore in college, I dreamed that my Dad died.
This wasn't a normal dream. It was extremely, terrifyingly real, and I woke up in tears, absolutely convinced that something horrible had happened. I tried unsuccessfully to shake off my fears, but eventually, I broke down and called my parents. Long distance was expensive back then, and they were surprised to hear from me. I didn't tell them the real reason for my call. Instead, I said I was lonely and kept them talking long enough to make Dad was really okay.
Two years later, my Dad watched me graduate from college.Six years after that, he stood with me as I married Seth.
He was there for the birth of my children...
and although it's not obvious in these pictures, he's the one who gave James his red hair.
My Dad has been there for me my entire life. I could not ask for a better father.